What is it?

WeSupport was a two year multi-stakeholder project initiated by CCR CSR and jointly funded by Disney, Clas Ohlson, ICA and HP from 2014 to 2016. The project sought to find business-friendly solutions to common problems found in supply chains, with a specific focus on young workers, frontline managers, migrant parent workers and child labor prevention. Specifically, the objective of WeSuppport was to show brands’ support towards the factories beyond auditing.

Why this project?

China´s Guangdong Province is the world's largest manufacturing base for consumer goods, and its factories suffer from labor shortages and high staff turnover. With over 100 million young migrant workers and 90 million children affected by the migration of their parents, effective and sustainable support systems are more critical than ever for successful operations in China. WeSupport was born out of the joint recognition of the above-mentioned brands to directly address challenges in supply chains related to young workers, migrant parent workers and child labor.

What's been done so far?

WeSupport developed three successful training curriculums that targeted migrant parent workers, line managers and young workers. The WeChat-based "WeSupport" eLearning platform was also developed as part of this initiative, as was CCR CSR's Child Labor Remediation Resources Platform.

What impact did the project have?

The 4657 workers who were reached by this program (3512 through in-factory trainings and 1145 through mobile eLearning), benefited in numerous way. Measurable improvements were recorded in terms of:

•    Workplace skills

•    Resilience for young workers

•    Improved management skills for line managers

•    Improved parent-child relationships for migrant parents

One of WeSupport’s signature offerings was an in-factory training called “Parents at Work: Distance without Separation”. 34 parent trainings were held in 18 factories in China, benefiting a total of 1,249 participants.

Together, these results have contributed to improved worker retention and satisfaction in supply chain factories.

Currently, our Working Groups continue to strive for collaboration among brands on key issues affecting supply chains, with our members meeting 3-4 times per year in Hong Kong or online to discuss key issues. Find out more here.